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A good licking

A good licking

Marty’s photo of the day #3708: Annie, a black flying fox, gives my sunglasses a good licking. (Photographed in Australia)

Train to the outback

Train to the outback

Marty’s photo of the day #3698: I took this photo while standing next to the engineer. We were heading into Australia’s outback on a narrow-gauge train called the Savannahlander. In the United States, train tracks are 4 feet, 8.5 inches wide, but this train traveled on tracks that were just 3 feet, 6 inches wide.

Frog the frogmouth bird

Frog the frogmouth bird

Marty’s photo of the day #3664: This is Frog, a rescued frogmouth bird. Frog can no longer fly, but he makes up for his inability to fly with lots of personality. (Photographed in Australia)

Australian cuteness

Australian cuteness

Marty’s photo of the day #3600: Deb and I were just talking about returning to Australia. This time for a month. Bonnie, the silver wallaroo, is now full-grown and has been returned to the wild—so holding her will be out of the question—but if we go, I’m sure we’ll find something equally cute to hold.

Queensland river-hiking

Queensland river-hiking

Marty’s photo of the day #3594: While in Australia, I took a day to do some solo hiking. My goal was to hike up every river and stream within a ten-mile section of northern Queensland coast. Eventually, I’d reach a place like this, where it was too much work to continue upstream. So I’d hang […]

Deb and Bonnie

Deb and Bonnie

Marty’s photo of the day #3567: My wife, Deb, and Bonnie—a baby silver wallaroo. (Photographed in the Queensland, Australia outback)

Photographed with my first digital camera

Photographed with my first digital camera

Marty’s photo of the day #3563: This is a white-lipped tree frog, photographed in Queensland, Australia. Photographic note: I took this photo with my first digital camera—a Sony Mavica that recorded directly onto a mini cd. Digital cameras have come a long way since then, but I have yet to find a camera that does […]

Evolution in progress?

Evolution in progress?

Marty’s photo of the day #3548: This excerpt from the Australia chapter in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, explains the shot: Earlier in this chapter, I promised to introduce you to a bizarre creature that would eliminate all reasonable doubts of evolution. I found such a creature—in fact, oodles […]

Lizards think I’m ugly

Lizards think I’m ugly

Marty’s photo of the day #3528: The following excerpt from my newly published sixth book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, takes place in Australia: I had decided to hike up every river within a ten-mile stretch of Queensland coast. Since all the rivers dropped down from the mountains, I […]

Green tree frog, Australia

Green tree frog, Australia

Marty’s photo of the day #3521: Green tree frog, photographed in northern Queensland, Australia.

The punk rocker of the rainforest

The punk rocker of the rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #3495: Today we go to Queensland, Australia for the punk rocker of the rainforest: the Boyd’s forest dragon.

Please tell me . . .

Please tell me . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3477: “Please tell me that 2020 is over and the Donald Trump will soon be gone.” (Agile wallaby, photographed in Australia)

B&W Platypus

B&W Platypus

Marty’s photo of the day #3476: People seemed to like yesterday’s artsy black and white photo looking straight down on a well-camouflaged alligator, so I’ve decided to stick with that theme. Today’s artsy black and white photo looks straight down on a surfacing platypus, in Queensland, Australia.

Lace monitor

Lace monitor

Marty’s photo of the day #3401: This is a five-and-a-half foot-long lace monitor (mildly venomous). Photographed in Queensland, Australia.

The punk rocker of the rainforest

The punk rocker of the rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #3400: The punk rocker of the rainforest—the Boyd’s forest dragon! (Photographed in Queensland, Australia)

Inside . . . somewhere

Inside . . . somewhere

Marty’s photo of the day #3399: This is either a photo from inside a cave near Chillagoe, Queensland, Australia, or it is a scan of Donald Trump’s brain. I’m not sure which.

Rainforest night hikes

Rainforest night hikes

Marty’s photo of the day #3375: Whether Deb and I are in the Amazon Rainforest or the rainforests of Australia, Central America, or Asia, we always head out on night hikes. The first time we did that, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but after that such hikes became travel highlights. After all, at night […]

Breakfast in Australia

Breakfast in Australia

Marty’s photo of the day #3347: Breakfast in Australia. Sometimes you just need to stop and feed the agile wallabies.

Frog the Frogmouth

Frog the Frogmouth

Marty’s photo of the day #3271: This if Frog the frogmouth bird, photographed in the Outback of Queensland, Australia.

Spectacled flying fox

Spectacled flying fox

Marty’s photo of the day #3243: This is a spectacled flying fox, photographed in Queensland, Australia. These bats have a three-foot-wide wingspan.

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